England’s 15 Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) play an essential role in identifying and spreading safer care initiatives throughout the health and care system, embedding new pathways of care.

PSCs are funded and nationally co-ordinated by NHS England and NHS Improvement, and hosted locally by the AHSNs. They are uniquely placed to work at system-level and with individual organisations, connecting national priorities with local needs.

In March 2020, the PSCs were set to deliver initiatives aligned to the National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes (SIPs) – a key part of the NHS Patient Safety Strategy.

However, PSCs responded quickly to the immediate crisis in March 2020 and reprioritised their day-to-day work. Some staff went back to frontline roles or supported national teams, while PSCs’ work was rapidly redirected to focus on the following priorities:

  • Identifying and managing people at risk of deterioration as a result of coronavirus and use of early warning and
    communication tools.
  • Implementing a safer tracheostomy care programme to help hospital staff care for patients with a tracheostomy.


Read more about our work and impacts below or visit the impact report main page AHSN Network Impact Report 2020-2021: